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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Looking for an online MBA that fits your budget and busy lifestyle? Advance your career with CIU’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Finish in 18 months. Apply online today.

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A photo of an online student wearing a denim shirt and holding an orange coffee cup.

Master of Education

The online Master of Education degree program at CIU is perfect for working educators who want to prepare for a role in education leadership.

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A student looking at a laptop and taking notes.

Intercultural Studies

Learn how to share the Gospel cross-culturally while earning your Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies online at Columbia International University.

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Biomedical Sciences Student

Biomedical Sciences

Prepare for a Career in Health Sciences

The Biomedical Science program at Columbia International University provides you with the knowledge, skills and service opportunities needed to forge a successful career in biomedical and health sciences. Through laboratory experience in a plethora of science courses, you will develop critical thinking and hands-on skills. Our effective lab courses, taught by credentialed faculty, ensure that each student has an opportunity to sharpen their skills, create new ones and thrive in their career path.

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Head Coach Kara Farnsworth Lail (left) shares high fives at a soccer clinic. Women’s soccer “up to the tasks” on mission trip
Locking arms in prayer with the competition.

Women’s soccer “up to the tasks” on mission trip

No task was too small nor too hard for the Columbia International University women’s soccer team on a summer’s mission trip to Costa Rica. The 18 women, along with three coaches, a trainer and CIU Athletics Director Darren Ritchie, dug trenches, served at an orphanage, planted trees, mowed grass, cleaned...

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Dr. Dave Bireline gets a high-five from a youngster in Moldova. (Photo: Roads of Hope) “What I did on summer vacation.” Professor ministers to war orphans and refugees
The kids in Moldova with CIU Business Professor Dr. Dave Bireline. (Photo: Roads of Hope)

“What I did on summer vacation.” Professor ministers to war orphans and refugees

Columbia International University Business Professor Dr. Dave Bireline is investing part of his summer ministering to Ukrainian refugee children in Moldova on the boarder of Ukraine. He's volunteering with the ministry Roads of Hope whose mission is to protect and prevent orphaned children from traffickers by providing them with care, housing and...

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CIU President Dr. Mark Smith crossing paths with Pastor Travis Greene at the airport. CIU online degree fits the schedule of busy pastor and musician
Pastor Travis Greene with his wife and co-pastor Jackie (Photo: Forward City Church)

CIU online degree fits the schedule of busy pastor and musician

Pastor Travis Greene of Forward City Church says that every church service should be a celebration that is full of energy. That’s why there’s a DJ in the lobby of Forward City, bells are rung announcing first-time visitors, and the host on the shuttle buses shouts, “Hey, are you ready...

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Annabelle Clinton, RN “A really great feeling” — Columbia nurse discusses her CIU online RN to BSN experience
 Annabelle Clinton, RN is enrolled in CIU's RN to BSN program. (Photos by Ben Rutkowski)

“A really great feeling” — Columbia nurse discusses her CIU online RN to BSN experience

Registered Nurse Annabelle Clinton of Columbia says studying for her online RN to BSN degree from Columbia International University is going smoothly, adding that “it’s not like nursing school all over again.”

She says a big part of that is because now as a working professional, she is experiencing a...

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